Bubble and Squeak & “Around the World in 80 Days” [RECIPE]
Good Afternoon Friends!
I’m back with another book recommendation and dish to share with you. Today’s book is “Around the World in 80 Days” By: Jules Verne. Phileas Fogg is a man with such ingrained habits that clearly he has O.C.D. but because of his wealth, he places a bet with his friends at the Gentlemen’s Reform Club that he can travel around the world in 80 days. There is adventure, mistaken identities, unexpected romance, and parts of the story that made me bust out laughing. In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this classic book. Given that Phileas Fogg is an English gentleman who consumes his meals in exactly 13 minutes flat, I thought this recipe for Bubble and Squeak was appropriate.
Now let’s pause here for a moment.
I had the best of intentions when choosing this British fry up recipe. I really did. So when I snapped this photo of the perfect potato-pancake-to-be, little did I know that moments later everything would change.
Donning my oven mitts, I placed a plate on top of the giant potato pancake and prepared to flip it over. (Can we just call it a latke?). Then I flipped over the pan. Now, I admit that I’m a “noob” when it comes to flipping things in the kitchen. I mess up pancakes. I’ve sent french toast flying, and this potato pancake was next on the list of things doomed by my spatula. Hot oil went flying onto the stove top. Thankfully it missed me, but half of the pancake stuck to the pan while the rest flopped onto the plate. I may or may not have spoken like a sailor in that moment. 😉
Cleaning up my mess, I was determined to get this pancake to work! I smushed the delicious, cabbage-filled mashed potato together in the pan and proceeded to fry the other side. When it was time to turn it out onto the pan again to eat, I said a prayer to the kitchen gods to help me. Thankfully the pancake held together and had turned golden and crispy.
Did it “bubble and squeak” in the pan whilst cooking? Nope.
Did my tummy “bubble and squeak” after consuming said pancake? Yes.
Was it totally worth it because fried potato pancakes and fried cabbage is awesome?? Absolutely, yes!!
In short, if you’re like me where flipping anything in a pan makes you cringe– don’t fear. This recipe is VERY forgiving, but more importantly, it’s delicious! I’m not sure if I’ll ever master how to make a perfectly, beautiful potato cake, but I did master how to make a flavorful one. 🙂 I hope you all enjoy this recipe too. Stay tuned for more book recommendations, have a beautiful day, and as always, keep on cooking! ❤
Bubble and Squeak
- 1 lb. leftover mashed potatoes
- 1 c. chopped cooked cabbage
- 3 green onions, diced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- Oil for frying
- Place your leftover mash into a stand mixer and add 2 tablespoons of butter and 3 tablespoons of flour. Mix gently until a soft, potato dough forms.
- Drizzle a bit of oil in a hot pan. Place down several tablespoons of potato dough mix in the pan. Use your spatula to squish it down.
- Fry on medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until golden and crispy.
- Take a plate and place it on the pancake (**Use oven mitts here **). Flip the pancake onto the plate.
- Curse a bit (or get creative with your language if little ones are around) because the pancake didn’t flip properly.
- Gently slide the pancake back into the pan. Repeat and fry for 8-10 minutes on the other side.
- Scrape the pancake back together and fry until the pancake forms.
- Slide the giant potato pancake onto a plate. Serve with applesauce, sour cream, or a full breakfast and dig in! You’ve earned it! ❤